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Nov 3, 2009 10:13 AM

Drinks before Erbaluce??

I'm meeting a blind date for dinner at Erbaluce. It's a Sunday 7pm reservation. Thinking about meeting for drinks beforehand. Is there a good place close by, is this a bad idea? Should we just have drinks at Erbaluce? The Four Seasons? Should I get cold feet and back out of the whole thing?

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  1. How about the lobby bar of the new W Hotel? Looks pretty nice, and is close to Erbaluce.

    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    1. The cocktails at the bar at Grille 23 are pretty nice. That will give you a nice little walk to dinner, and a chance to get some air, or run away real fast. Hope things work out.

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      1. re: CocoDan

        Thanks for the suggestions. Is the W hotel about 5 blocks away? How about the bar at the Park Plaza, any opinions on that?

        1. re: justbeingpolite

          The bar at Davios across the street is much better.

          75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

          1. re: BBHound

            Thanks for the tip. Better than the other suggestions as well?

      2. I don't know anything about blind dates, nor do I know much about Erbaluce, other than my one visit, the bartender was a great bartendar and completely engaging, so maybe you should just stick to one venue. I look forward to returning.

        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. Perhaps you should skip the predinner cocktail and go to Lespalier for dessert if things go well.

          1. Erbaluce has nice drinks within the limits of its beer/wine/cordial license, and a pleasant, quiet, smallish bar.

            If proximity is key, I'd suggest the bar at Via Matta, which is very close, has competent bartenders, and has full liquor. If the main bar is packed, don't overlook the enoteca, a second, almost always quieter bar to the left of the main bar.


            Via Matta
            79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

            69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116